Chelan Lakeshore Trail

Trip

Backpack - Chelan Lakeshore Trail

We’ll start this 17.5 mile 2.5-day B3 backpack trip on the Lady of the Lake boat up lovely Lake Chelan, get off at the Prince Creek ‘whistle-stop’ and walk the lovely lakeshore trail for 2.5 days to Stehekin. We’ll hike about 7 miles the first day to camp at Meadow Creek, 4-6 miles the second day (with exploring) to camp at Moore Point or Flick Creek, and 4-7 miles on Sunday into the unique, unforgettable little town of Stehekin, accessible only by boat or foot. Then we’ll catch the boat at 2PM Monday, arriving back in Chelan by around 6 for our 5-hour drive back to Seattle.

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 17.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 6,000 ft

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This is a fabulous early-season easy ramble among big pines, waterfalls and wildflowers along lovely lake Chelan to the unforgettable little town of Stehekin, accessible only by boat or foot.  We’ll also experience the unfolding glory of this 55-mile-long lake from the Lady of the Lake boat shuttle to our trailhead and back from the end.   We’ll start by  taking the Lady of the Lake boat from Field’s Point Landing up to the Prince Creek ‘whistle-stop’, shoulder our packs and walk the ups and downs of the lakeshore trail 17.5 miles and ~2000’ total elevation gain to Stehekin.  We’ll hike about 7 miles on Saturday to camp at Meadow Creek,  4-6 miles on Sunday(with exploring) to camp at Moore Point or Flick Creek, and 4-7 miles on Monday morning into Stehekin.  Then we’ll catch the boat at 2PM Monday, arriving back in Chelan by around 6 for our 5-hour drive back to Seattle.  Carpools will be arranged based on where our hikers live.  Weather during our visit will feature 70-90 degree days and 50-60 degree nights, likely sunny but still potential for rainy periods.  Follow the forecast at <a href=http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=48.3093032&lon=-120.6564879&site=all&smap=1&searchresult=Stehekin%2C%20WA%2098852%2C%20USA> .  This is a very good beginners backpack, but please do some 6-8 mile hilly conditioning hikes with a 25-30 pound pack before the trip to prepare yourself physically and mentally for it and check the fit of your pack.  A gear checklist and food planning assistance will be provided by email two weeks before the trip.  Participants will be expected to pack light (<30 lbs with food and water) and carry a raincoat, shelter and sleeping bag, cooking and eating gear, sturdy broken-in footwear (no trail runners or five-fingers allowed), water bottle or bladder totaling 2-3 liters capacity, water purification, map and compass, and the rest of the 10 essentials.  Please test all gear for full functionality before the trip. To reduce weight and because of limited space in camps, participants will be strongly encouraged to share tents, stoves and water purification.  Leader will spend time on-trail and at camp reviewing gear and methods and offering advice as needed.  Maps for the trip are Green Trails #82 Stehekin, #114 Lucerne and #115 Prince Creek;  maps can also be obtained for free online.  The trip will also require each person to purchase a round trip ticket on the Lady of the Lake boat 

Route/Place

Chelan Lakeshore Trail


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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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